Pastor Robert Burale has said that it’s a high time that people do away with ceremonies that are carried out as part of the burial rites. Some of them include dancing around dead bodies.
Among the Luhyas, a burial is something worth celebrating.
Speaking during an interview with MC Jessy, Burale now says he just prefers a simple burial.
‘I GREW UP IN NAIROBI, BUT I WAS BORN IN BUSIA.
I HOWEVER NOTICED THAT I MOSTLY WENT TO BUSIA FOR FUNERALS AS THERE WERE SO MANY BURIALS.
AMONG THE LUHYA FUNERALS ARE LIKE A NATIONAL DAY.
WHEN WE WERE TAKING MY DAD’S BODY HOME I SAW A WOMAN SUMMERSALTING YET SHE WAS IN HER 70’S.
I DO NOT AGREE WITH THOSE THINGS.
I DON’T AGREE WITH DANCING ON, DANCING AROUND DEAD BODIES , OR EVEN MAKUMBUSHO. STAKI.
HOW DO YOU EVEN SLAUGHTER AN ANIMAL,SHED IT’S BLOOD, SIT DOWN AND EAT IT TO CELEBRATE?
IT’S NOT LIKE SOMEBODY GRADUATED. SOMEONE DIED.
ONLY SOMEONE WITH KNOWLEDGE ON MATTERS SPIRITS CAN UNDERSTAND.’
‘THESE THINGS ARE DEMONIC.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING DANCING AROUND A DEAD BODY. PEOPLE ARE LITERARY CRYING.
LET THE DEAD REST.’
Burale is not alone, some of us also go to our shagz during funerals after that we do not meet again.